Beijing raises objection to India's presence in South China Sea

  • Ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee's four-day visit starting on May 24, China has raised objection against the presence of Indian ships in South China Sea. President Mukherjee is all set to raise issues of political and strategic significance in his visit. In a statement, a Chinese official said that the presence of Indian navy ships taking part in maritime exercise is a serious concern. The statement came a day after four Indian vessels set sail to participate in the Malabar exercise with the US and Japan. China has expanded its military presence in the South China Sea area through the artificial islands made by the country.